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Professional USB Audio Conferencing... Here is what makes Phoenix Audio Different

Posted by Paul Richards on Feb 9, 2017 9:33:50 AM

Hello AV & IT Managers,

If you have spoken to one of dedicated account managers here at ConferenceRoomSystems.com you may have found out that we really like to recommend Phoenix Audio conferencing products. There are quite a few reasons why Phoenix Audio's USB, SIP and traditional analog PSTN conference phones fit the bill for many of our technology projects. Let's start with some basic reasons why we recommend Phoenix Audio and then we will review each major product in our video series below.

1. Quality: Phoenix Audio makes a high quality product. Every product is made from aluminum alloy, NOT plastic. It makes a BIG difference and  the build quality shows.

2. Support: Support is essentially non-existant. It's not that we don't want to help support our customers... It's the fact that the products just work and support/troubleshooting just doesn't come up with Phoenix Audio Products

3. Easy Installation: When it comes to installation everyone likes to hear Daisy-Chaining and Power Over Ethernet. These two features put Phoenix Audio above and beyond. Later in this blog post we will review there PoE USB 2.0 extension system, ceiling mounting solutions and daisy chaining in more detail. 

4. Versatility: Phoenix Audio has managed to pack a ton of value into their small conference phones. When competitors are offering just USB or just analog phone support, Phoenix support both in a single model. As many of our customers make the trasisition from traditional audio conferencing to web-based communications it's nice to have product that can bridge the gap. 

5. Asthetics and DesignHave you ever seen the size of a Cisco 8831? Check out the size difference. Enough said. Collaboration space design is more important than most manufacturers give it credit for. A good design can make all the difference for room functionality and ease of use. 

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Topics: audio conferencing, phoenix audio, AV

Why we don't use Webinars... Zoom adds Facebook Live Integration and more...

Posted by Paul Richards on Feb 3, 2017 8:57:33 AM

We have moved over to the dark side of video communications… Live Streaming. In some ways, I miss the lightside. GoToWebinar, Cisco Event Center and Zoom Webinar were comfortable. They weren’t too expensive and I enjoyed the easy to manage platforms that just felt good.

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Topics: web conferencing, Live Streaming, facebook live, zoom webinars

Live streaming tips from 7 top industry experts!

Posted by Paul Richards on Jan 31, 2017 7:35:30 PM

**Originally posted on LinkedIN here...

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Topics: Live Streaming, Wirecast, Live Broadcasting, vmix

Free Lіvе Strеаmіng Courses Frоm PTZOрtісѕ

Posted by Paul Richards on Jan 25, 2017 9:26:43 AM


Hi Everyone!

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Topics: Live Streaming, Video Production

What's In Store for 2017? Play with our Video Conferencing Prediction Tool!

Posted by Paul Richards on Dec 29, 2016 11:44:11 AM

Every year ConferenceRoomSystems.com releases their predictions for the video conferencing industry along with the results from the previous year. We didn't see everything we predicted for 2016 but we did see some amazing advances in video conferencing, live streaming and wireless presentation.

See Last Years Predictions for 2016 below... 

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Topics: Video Conferencing, Web Video Conferencing, Webinars, zoom

New Sound Masking Products for Office Buildings from CSM

Posted by Paul Richards on Dec 2, 2016 9:53:48 AM

Hello Everyone!

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Topics: Sound masking, white noise

How to broadcast student announcements

Posted by Paul Richards on Nov 21, 2016 1:28:32 PM

It’s never been easier to set up a live stream of your school student announcement show before. Today’s technology from googles YouTube live to PTZoptics USB connected cameras live streaming can truly be plug and play. If your school can set up a small broadcast studio it can become an amazing resource for both faculty staff and students to create amazing promotional videos and live streams. If you can set up a green screen and proper lighting your school will have the ability to create television quality 1080 P live videos and streams for student announcements out reach programs and much much more.

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Topics: Live Streaming, student announcements

NEW 3D Conference Room Layouts!

Posted by Paul Richards on Nov 3, 2016 11:18:11 AM

CRS is proud to announce we will be offering 3D conference room layouts with Google Sketchup! CRS is now offering 3D room layouts. We have a link below where you can get started with your next project to have a 3D rending made and drawn to scale! CRS is using Google Sketchup to create 3D Room Layouts for our customers audio visual projects. If you are working with an account manager from CRS, request a 3D rendering for your next project and meet with one of our engineers who can make you next project a success!

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Topics: Video Conferencing, audio conferencing, Video Production, AV

USB Frame Grabbers for HDMI and HD-SDI... Finally a reliable way to extend USB 3.0!

Posted by Paul Richards on Oct 28, 2016 10:36:12 AM

Hello Everyone,

Today we want to talk about this USB 3.0 frame grabbers that are becoming so popular! HDMI to USB 3.0 and/or HD-SDI to USB 3.0 capture devices are tools that every audio visual manager should have in their toolkit for a couple reasons:

  1. Trouble shooting AV
  2. Extending USB 3.0
  3. Video Support for "hard-wired" source in webconferencing

Supporting "Hard Wired" HDMI sources for Web Conferencing:

So many conference rooms have support for users to plug in their laptops at the table or a wall to connect directly to a display. This is good for BYOD conference rooms where users are meant to bring their own computer to a conference room. But what has happened over the past few years are companies are providing "Dedicated PC" computers in each room because they dedicated to video conferencing for cloud based applications such as GoToMeeting, WebEX or Skype for Business. Companies are doing this because they want to keep the USB camera and USB microphone plugged into the same computer without requiring users to continually un-plug and re-plug their laptops. It's also convient because the "Dedicated PC" can be managed by IT, locked down if needed and connected directly to the display via HDMI.

So what happens when we want to connect our HDMI laptops or tablets to the "Dedicated PC"? Well, in comes the HDMI to USB 3.0 frame grabber. Many conference rooms already have HDMI run from a table to the display. So you can re-use that cabling and put a HDMI to USB 3.0 frame grabber in-line to connec the HDMI directly to your computer. You can use this input to pull in a webcam into any cloud based video conferencing software such as WebEX, Bluejeans or even Zoom. Many of our customers are using Intel NUC computers are dedicated PC's, because they are small, affordable and powerful enough to run web based video conferencing applications. 

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Topics: web conferencing, frame grabbers

DIY Technology Integration is on the RISE! See why...

Posted by Paul Richards on Oct 6, 2016 11:36:25 AM

There was a time in the not so distant past when everything technology related was complicated. For about 30 years (1980-2010) most video and audio related technology integration projects were installed by specialized companies. In the past 5 years everything has changed! If you have somehow missed this huge culture shift toward DIY ProAV let me fill you in.

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Topics: Video Production, AV, DIY

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